Finding America

Me and Tarah

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When I moved to America from Britain all those years ago, there were many culture shocks; but one that probably affected my weight more than any other was the notion of free refills. As someone with absolutely no will power, I found myself quickly piling on the pounds. So I wanted to know more. When did the practice start? And who was responsible?

Laurence Brown is a British writer and YouTuber who somehow convinced the city of Chicago to let him in. He is an English Language graduate from Lancaster University and a passionate word etymologist, with a particular interest in British and American neologisms. Since moving to the United States, he has become increasingly curious about Britain's historical influence on American culture and about America in general.

1 comment:

  1. Nobody else has commented? That's a little odd. Anyways, I would have to say that I have never really thought about your question. I was born in 1980 so I honestly can not remember ever not being able to get free refills at almost all restaurants, both fast food and formal. The only thing I do remember is that if we (friends or family and I) were at a place that didn't give you free refills, we would get pretty pissed and think they were a bunch of cheap asses! With that being said however, it still seemed pretty rare that this scenario would come up. I guess my answer right this second would be, given the fact that a fountain drink costs on average two dollars these days, I would feel ripped off if I had to pay that much for one full cup of soda! I also am able to have some self control so I personally don't see it as having a harmful effect on my health or weight. If I'm still thirsty, I will refill the cup......if not, I won't!


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